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Koroibete an 'exceptional talent': Folau

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Joe Barton

Rugby league convert Marika Koroibete has been backed to follow in the footsteps of Wallabies star Israel Folau - by the fellow code-hopper himself.

Folau, who described the 24-year-old Koroibete as an "exceptional talent", has seen enough in the first two weeks of the Spring Tour to believe Australian rugby has another star on its hands.

"He's an exceptional player, his speed and natural talent is all there," Folau said.

"Just having a quiet chat to him I think (he's) trying to learn the similar things to what I was learning when I first entered the game.

"I'm sure over time he'll get the hang of things and I think the best way to learn is just playing.

"When he gets his opportunity to get game time I'm sure he'll learn.

"That's the quickest way he'll learn, as much as he does, in and around training."

It's unlikely Koroibete will earn a maiden Test cap on this tour, but he is expected to get some gametime when an Australian experimental side plays the French Barbarians in Bordeaux in a fortnight, in a non-Test match.

Attack coach Stephen Larkham has been impressed by how quickly the former Melbourne Storm winger has grasped the game.

"We've only been together for a couple of weeks now ... I think he's just starting to find his feet within the team now," Larkham said.

"He's been training mainly with the second team and starting to find combination within that team at this stage

And while Koroibete has experienced some teething problems at training - including a minor mishap where he split a finger open - Folau says it's no different to the blur he experienced when first joining rugby in 2013.

"I was a little bit confused I've got to say," said Folau, who on Saturday against Scotland at Murrayfield will play his 50th Test.

"The hardest part was all the things that go on at the breakdown and what to do there.

"Otherwise when I got the opportunity to train with the Waratahs and play, (Michael) Cheika was the coach there and he just kind of gave me the opportunity to roam and get a feel for the game which was good for me.

"Playing at the back at fullback you can certainly see everything unfold from the back so it was a good thing for me to learn and do as much as I can.

"Make a lot of mistakes and that was the thing that made me learn as quick as possible."

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